David Walliams, Ellie Goulding and Joan Collins support children's brain injury event

The lavish event was held in Tower of London and attended by nine-year-old Seb who chatted to guests about his brain injury. 

Nick and Holly Candy (formerly Valance) were joined by a host of stars and supporters at the Tower of London on Monday night, for a spectacular evening of fundraising in aid of The Children’s Trust. Dame Joan Collins, Rory Bremner and David Walliams – who was the compere for the event – were all on hand to help support the work of The Children’s Trust – the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The event raised over half a million pounds for The Children’s Trust. The biggest surprise of the night was an exclusive performance from double Brit Award winner Ellie Goulding, who performed a very special acoustic set to the 250 guests as they dined in a magical, enchanted forest setting within the Tower of London grounds. Another very special guest was nine-year-old Seb Goold, who was joined on stage by mum Tracey, after successfully completely intensive rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust specialist centre. In April 2014, Seb suffered life-threatening head and leg injuries after falling from the exit door of a double-decker coach. He is now back at home and school with his twin brother Ben, and working very hard at his recovery. The event was one of first for Nick and Holly’s new charity foundation, which will focus on delivering the couple’s charitable objectives in areas that they are particularly passionate about including children, disability rights, cancer and Alzheimer’s, where they believe research and funding can make a vital difference. The couple have also just returned from a philanthropic trip to Uganda with Comic Relief and last month Nick Candy also hosted an exclusive dinner at One Hyde Park in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. The event – which raised a six figure sum for the charity – marked the anniversary of his Father’s death from the disease just over two years ago. Holly Candy, who was recently announced as an Ambassador for The Children’s Trust, said: “I am very proud to be working with The Children’s Trust. I visited the charity last year and was moved by the bravery of the children and the care and dedication of the staff working there. Nick and I were inspired to do something special to help give this amazing charity an even greater voice. Like every parent, we cherish our child and cannot imagine what we would do if anything happened to her. The Children’s Trust is one of those amazing places you know would be there to help should the worst happen.” Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. The Children’s Trust offers the largest residential brain injury rehabilitation centre in the country. Its 24-acre site also offers nursing and medical care for children with severe disabilities and complex health needs.  
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